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Jamestown Sam's Club closing

13 Enero 2018, 04:29 | Dolorita Barahona

Elise Amendola | AP | BDN

Elise Amendola | AP | BDN

Walmart's Director of Communications out of San Antonio says each of the three Walmart Supercenters in Wichita Falls probably employ around three hundred, and with other stores throughout the area as well, this is very big news for Texoma. Only one other North Carolina location - the Sam's Club in Lumberton - was part of the national closings, according to Business Insider.

The warehouse store's lone location in the city, at 3201 S. Louise Ave., was not one of dozens of stores abruptly closed by owner Walmart on Thursday.

McMillon also said the company is "early in the stages of assessing the opportunities" that tax reform creates for Walmart.

"Our hope is that many associates at the Club will choose to stay with the company via transfer and we'll begin working to make that happen", Keene said.

Sam's Club will refund customer memberships for stores slated to close-including in IL, the store said Friday. A spokesman said the employees being laid off will receive that bonus.

Some point out Sam's Club is giving certain employees bonuses due to tax reform - and wonder if the company appears to be doing well, why they're downsizing.

However, Anne Hatfield from Walmart Corporate Communications confirmed that no Sam's Clubs will be closing in Austin or in Central Texas.

The closures came on the same day that Walmart announced it would boost its starting salary for USA workers to $11 an hour and hand out one-time cash bonuses.

Though Walmart reported that Sam's Club's sales rose 4.4 percent in the most recently completed quarter, the company said that the closures will free up resources that can be focused on bolstering its website as well as in-store technology, USA Today reported.

Walmart also announcedwage increases for employees, expanded maternity and parental leave, and adoption financial assistance.

Throughout Thursday, customers used social media to ask questions about why the Sam's Club location near them was closing.

Walmart is now the world's largest company by revenue and the largest private employer in the world, with 2.3 million employees. "Our focus today has been on those associates and their communities, and communicating with them".

In its statement, Walmart said it is offering resources and support to associates affected, including the bonus that it announced and 60 days' pay, along with severance for those eligible.

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